1945 review – wedding day trauma in the aftermath of war

the Guardian | 10/12/2018 | Leslie Felperin


This sombre, accomplished but somewhat heavy-handed work by writer-director Ferenc Torok unfolds on a single August day in the year of the title, only hours before the end of the second world war.

Everyone in the small Hungarian village where the story takes place knows the fighting is practically over. It’s time to celebrate with a slap-up spread for the wedding of Arpad (Bence Tasnadi), the passive son of the local magistrate (Peter Rudolf), and fetching peasant lass Kisrozsi (Dóra Sztarenki). But this supposedly happy day is marred by secrets spreading through the hamlet like a dormant virus, including infidelities, drug addiction and horrific betrayals.

Symptoms - Jews - Father - Iván - Angelus

Symptoms surface when two Jews, a father (Iván Angelus) and son (Marcell Nagy), show up in town with a cart, haunted expressions and a couple of small, mysterious wooden boxes. Word spreads that they’re here to sell perfume or other items. Or maybe they’ve come to reclaim the property they left behind when all the village’s Jews were rounded up and taken away by...
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